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Mirror Earth: The Search for Our Planet's Twin

by Michael D. Lemonick

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The "exoplaneteers". As the era of exoplanet discovery nears its 20th birthday, this easily readable history focuses on the many people (not just big names like Michel Mayor and Geoff Marcy) who have pushed the various detection methods (radial-velocity measurement, transit photometry, gravitational microlensing) to ever greater effectiveness. Included, of course, are the people associated with the transit-detecting Kepler space mission. Now if only the launch of the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission were not on indefinite hold, there would be a good chance of exo-life being proven to exist while I still do.
  fpagan | Dec 1, 2012 |
This is a very nice history of the search for planets outside our solar system. Lemonick seems to have talked to just about everyone in the field, so the book covers a wide range of projects and approaches. I suppose the exigencies of the marketplace took precedence here, but it does seem a little strange that he chose to publish before ("within months rather than years") a Mirror Earth has actually been confirmed. ( )
  wanack | Nov 4, 2012 |
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In the mid-1990s, astronomers made history when they detected three planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way. The planets were nothing like Earth, however: they were giant gas balls like Jupiter or Saturn. More than 500 planets have been found since then, yet none of them could support life.
Now, armed with more powerful technology, planet hunters are racing to find a true twin of Earth. Science writer Michael Lemonick has unique access to these exoplaneteers, as they call themselves, and Mirror Earth unveils their passionate quest. Geoff Marcy, at the University of California, Berkeley, is the world's most successful planet hunter, having found two of the first three extra-solar planets. Bill Borucki, at the NASA Ames Research Center, struggled for more than a decade to launch the Kepler mission-the only planet finder, human or machine, to beat Marcy's record. David Charbonneau, at Harvard, realized that Earths would be much easier to find if he looked at tiny stars called M-dwarfs rather than stars like the Sun-and that he could use backyard telescopes to find them!
Unlike those in other races, the competing scientists actually consult and cooperate with one another. But only one will be the first to find Earth's twin. Mirror Earth is poised narrate this historic event as the discovery is made.

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"In the mid-1990s, astronomers made history when they detected three planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way. The planets were nothing like Earth, however: They were giant gas balls like Jupiter or Saturn. More than five hundred planets have been found since then, yet none of them could support life. Now, armed with more powerful technology, planet hunters are racing to find a true twin of Earth. Science writer Michael D. Lemonick has unique access to these exoplaneteers, as they call themselves, and Mirror Earth unveils their passionate quest. Geoff Marcy, at the University of California, Berkeley, is the world's most successful planet hunter, having found two of the first three extra-solar planets. Bill Borucki, at the NASA Ames Research Center, struggled for more than a decade to launch the Kepler mission--the only planet finder, human or machine, to beat Marcy's record. David Charbonneau, at Harvard, realized that Earths would be much easier to find if he looked at tiny stars called M-dwarfs rather than stars like the Sun--and that he could use backyard telescopes to find them! Unlike those in other races, the competing scientists actually consult and cooperate with one another. But only one will be the first to find Earth's twin. Mirror Earth is poised to narrate this historic event as the discovery is made"--… (more)

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